5 ways money can buy freedom

Fancy cars, exotic vacations, lavish gifts -- money buys it all, but control over your life may be best. If you can afford it, such freedom is priceless.

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Nov 1, 2012 7:46AM
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as my father told me many years ago, money isnt everything but its a hell of a thing to be without.
Oct 31, 2012 8:41PM
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What a crock of beans!!

You can still do all those things even without money. 

Freedom of drudgery--> If you call having to constantly buy the "latest and greatest thing" so that you keep up with the rest of the wealthy people freedom. Best thing I found freeing is realizing that I do not need the latest piece of marketing crap. And why pay for someone to do something? Why not do it yourself so you learn something thus when you save money int he future when this same task comes around again. Plus when you do the job and once completed and looks good, you also get a sense of accomplishment . And why should I care Oprah is in the grocery store or not????

Freedom of travel--> Heck, the section even says you can travel on a shoestring. I like traveling like this as yo see more interesting sights and you meet more interesting people. And I would suggest trying to look around where you live and you might see there are some places that might be just as interesting to go see like that of some spot halfway around the world.

Freedom to choose--> You can choose any time. Yes, it does take some money, but the main thing it takes is "guts." Yes, you might succeed but you also might fail. Do your research (be it online or at the library) and if you have enough money saved up, go for it. Look at Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, Ralph Lauren, and a lot of other people. They all had an idea and some did have money (and some did not). But they all took a chance....

Freedom of a good education--> Who says you need a degree from Harvard to show you got a good education??? There are some schools that give even better educations than what Harvard or any Ivy League offers. Find a good schools you want to attend due to they have great academic listings and go for it. 

Freedom to live longer--> Heck, my grandparents lived during the Great Depression and they all lived into their 90's. Same as with my parents. But they walked to get where they wanted to get to, ate very fresh food (grown out of their garden), they did not eat fast-food crap, and they had a healthy attitude towards life. They were not interested in keeping up with the Jones by buying the latest things. Yes,life threw some nasty challenges at them, but they kept a level head and moved with the flow of things. 

So I would challenge the "author" of this diatribe and point out how some people who may not be as well-off (monetarily) yet they seem to be very happy and content on how their lives are going and/or went.





Oct 31, 2012 10:31PM
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After the election of 2008, I decided to move to Thailand. I didn't have much money and just SS and a very small pension. After about 6 months I found that I was doing everything in great style in a beach resort and accidently saving money. My monthly rent is less than my electric bill in Florida and I eat most all my meals out as it's cheaper. US products are cheaper here! Loving it!
Oct 31, 2012 7:01PM
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In my opinion, the main thing money buys is time. Of course, that extra time is used to do all the things in the article. Even work more if wanted.
Nov 1, 2012 10:33AM
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We use our talents to make money.   Money is for buying comfort and convenience, plus satisfaction and happiness.  We have to be the "Masters" of our money, otherwise, we are just the "slaves" of money. 
Nov 1, 2012 9:58AM
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No matter how people feel about money its hard to do without.
Nov 1, 2012 8:17AM
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5, My grandmother live to almsot 92.  She made a living packing oranges.

4,  I think my education is as good as anyone's,  Jr College and and a State U

3   While in college my buddy and I wet to the Keys for a week on about $20.00

2   My wife and I choose to free of debt. 

1    It's only drudgery if you look at that way.  It can also be a shared learning expierence.  Learning how to be a good painte,  How to lay flooring together, or about each other as you wash the dishes. 

 

There's one more thing.  Every thing you own, owns part of you.  Do you want money to own you?

Nov 1, 2012 12:27PM
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It is a fool who says money isn't important. We know it is for basic living. It pays for shelter, food, etc. It is when people start using it to acquire things and stuff that are not necessary and prevent them from doing what is truly important, and takes them away from the most important part of life - family and friends. We (mostly) all like to have nice things in our lives and that is ok. We just really do not need as much stuff as we think we do. My hubby and I are comfortable but we don't eat out lavishly except for special occasions. We do a lot of things with family and friends - gatherings for fun and great food. We do travel, but we get bargains as much as possible. It works for us. We and our family and friends are some of the happiest people we know, unburdened by debt or expectations of acceptance, and so forth. We are most blessed. I wish for all of y'all out here the same happiness.
Nov 1, 2012 11:21AM
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Ehh....yea, MSN we know. It's called BAIL money.
Nov 1, 2012 9:49AM
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what's the issue about an emergency fund that is more than 50% of your after tax income?  the more liquid cash i have around, the freer i feel.  granted at zero interest that's not smart.  but in my industry (manufacturing) where 6 out of 10 companies that i have worked for are GONE, i know i may need up to a year of support cash if/when the current company disappears. 

 

plus, with enough extra cash i can self fund new business ideas. 

 

"""don't exceed 50% of your after-tax income."""

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if money isn't what buys happiness then why do so many people sue for their own stupidity?

 

why do so many people kill their family members for the insurance payout?

 

why are the rich people so tight with theirs then?

Nov 1, 2012 3:25PM
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From Fiddler on the Roof: Lord, I know it's not a sin to be poor. But it's no great honor, either.

Kind of like justice. My father always said you are as innocent as you can afford.

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money might not be able to buy me happiness,

but it would make my misery easier to live with,

 

it's only a person who is financially secure who will make such claims as money can't buy happiness.

 

i bet if you were to ask a person who actually works for a living, or at least tries to,

they'll tell you that happiness will come with having at least a little money left over after their efforts of working all week to see their pay going to only providing basic needs and very little more if that becomes possible.

Nov 1, 2012 12:04PM
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Isn't freedom one of those "failed liberal principles"? 

Freedom is the ability to say "I won't".  When asked, ordered, or manipulated into saying or doing something you know is wrong, simply say "I won't".  Say it loud, say it proud.  Your body may wind up in jail, but your mind & soul will be free.

Happiness is the time people who care about each other spend together.  (Corollary:  fun is what they do.)  No money required.  It's the unrestrained pursuit of material possessions that makes you unhappy, & unfree.  You're chained to your obsession.

Hence the paradox - If you're never happy with what you have, you're never happy unless you have nothing.  If you're always with what you have, you're always happy, unless you have nothing.

Nov 1, 2012 11:21AM
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Who knows why people spend the money on the things they do?  I suppose from a  a creationist view money or currency belongs to the Almighty who shapes and controls the hearts of man as the Almighty wills for them to spend their cash the way He planned before they even knew.  There is no control aside from that of the Almighty, blessed be his name. Freedom is found when he says so, rich or poor.  

 

When life is paid for should it mean something? Either view I say yes. From an evolutionary standpoint, in my opinion, mulla should buy happiness.  The goal would be for that individual to live longer and indulge in all the world has to offer without killing themselves. The world is dangerous and you gotta be out for you to pursue your path to enlightenment.  After all you did it .

 

 Where is stable happiness? The brain flopps from happiness to sadness in a matter of seconds.  When things dont go our way we either complain and do nothing and look for hand outs or suck life up attack it in some form or fassion.  Happiness and control are really loose concepts in my world.  I'm still picken my brain with these notions and just like life for what it is.  Peace out.  Thanks fer readin. 

Nov 1, 2012 3:36PM
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And how is MSN being paid for covering up the Whitehouse cover up Benghazi....Cash or favors...So disgusting, a news agency their not.
Nov 1, 2012 12:05PM
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Just proves what my father always said.  Money can't buy happiness, but you can pick your own misery.
Nov 21, 2012 5:26PM
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Spending power is a wonderful thing.
Nov 1, 2012 10:47AM
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Outsourcing is stupid. Seriously, you will not be getting paid for it because you do that stuff during your time off from work, remember? As most people are not paid per hour and can't get  extra money if they just work 24/7, your free time costs much less than your actual pay per hour. So, continue doing everything yourself.

 

On the live long part - some of us are screwed genetically - for example I have high blood pressure and have had it since I was 17... So I do not expect to live long. Also, you do not need money to get good educaton - all you need is to work hard and get good grades and get the max on all entrance exams...

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